A Change of Heart: My Transplant Experience | Thomas Volk | TEDxUWLaCrosse

After surviving cancer in 1997, radiation therapy damaged Tom Volk’s heart. Following several years of many different medications and procedures (including surviving flesh eating bacterial infection), Tom eventually had a heart transplant in 2006. This is the story of his journey, especially concentrating on what changed for him physically, emotionally, and spiritually after his heart transplant. Tom talks about many compelling reasons for signing up to become an organ donor and for making sure your family knows your wishes. Tom talks about people he has been able to help and what he has been able to accomplish in the nearly 12 years since his transplant, thanks to an unknown donor and their family. Dr. Tom Volk is a Mycologist studying mushrooms and other fungi at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where he teaches, among other things, Mycology, Medical Mycology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, 21st Century Mycology, and Latin & Greek for Scientists. http://TomVolkFungi.net This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. Tina Collins on March 4, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Hope you ok ,

  2. Bonnie on March 4, 2021 at 9:54 pm


  3. Gina Criscione on March 4, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    blessings always

  4. Emmanuel Kebede on March 4, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    fun guy

  5. Ann Sederquist on March 4, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Tom, you are a gift! I’m so happy to be able to call you friend…for a really long time! I really treasure all the experiences we have shared! Keep inspiring!

  6. Derak C. on March 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Leviticus 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood…"

  7. Tom Volk on March 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks to everyone for your help to get me through this.

  8. Robebabu on March 4, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I always thought I might want to be a student of yours. Good to see that may still be an option!

  9. Lisa Baxter on March 4, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks for teaching and sharing

  10. Lisa Baxter on March 4, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    My husband had colon cancer after 12 years of dialysis I got a kidney watch the lisa Baxter show on YouTube share subscribe thanks blessings kidney awareness education Testimony resources maybe you can be a guest on my show

  11. marianwhit on March 4, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Candor is wonderful. Helps demystify these difficult experiences.

  12. Rick customizes stuff on March 4, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Go color guaaaaaaaaaarrrrrddd!! (Tom will understand this).

  13. Anne Galbraith on March 4, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I look at the world differently BECAUSE of you. Thank you for telling your story.

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